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Olio Raises $10 Million To Build More Fancy Smartwatches

Olio_Model1_Steel On Steel Smartwatch underdog Olio has raised a $10 million Series A led by New Enterprise Associates. The cash will go to expand Olio’s manufacturing prowess and bring on new hires for the budding company. In addition to the raise, the company has announced a number of new models including a 24 carat gold model for $1,195 on a leather strap. We first met Olio last March when they announced the… Read More
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John Biggs

July 30th

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Mobile Blog JKOnTheRun Is Reborn After The Fall Of Gigaom

jk-logo Harken back with me to the heady days of 2004. The century was still young and we humans were yet unsullied by the great iPhoning of mobile technology. A young man, James Kendrick, hat in one hand and valise in the other, had just disembarked from the great ship HMS Mainstream Tech Media and begun writing on a website called JKOnTheRun. In those heady days tech blogs grew fat on the vine.… Read More

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John Biggs

July 16th

Gadgets

Tron-Club Sends Circuits To Your Home In Jolly Packages

Screen Shot 2015-07-16 at 10.47.37 AM While Tron-Club sounds more like a weekly meeting of Tron enthusiasts who enjoy dressing up in unitards and making whooshing sounds as they pretend to ride invisible Lightcycles, it’s actually a service that sends circuits to your home. Why? Because you should learn electronics, that’s why. As hardware becomes easier to build and understand, programmers are finding themselves at… Read More

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John Biggs

July 16th

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The Commodore PET Has Been Reincarnated As A Phone

Screen Shot 2015-07-15 at 12.14.31 PM The 1980s are back again! The guys who bought the Commodore name are releasing an Android smartphone for about $300. The price includes some bog standard specs but, most important, includes two emulators so you can play classic 1980s games right on your screen. The phone will appear in Europe first – including Italy and Poland – but if you remember programming guessing games in… Read More

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John Biggs

July 15th

Gadgets

3D Systems Releases New Filament That Dissolves In Water

3DS Infinity Rinse-Away Support Material-1 Moisture, as they say, is the essence of wetness. It’s now also a great way to remove support material from 3D-printed objects. Printing complex objects requires rafts and supports. These hold the pieces in place and, in theory, are supposed be easily removable with a little tugging. In reality, however, support material can make a mess of your project. With this filament, however,… Read More

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John Biggs

July 14th

Gadgets

The MB&F MusicMachine 3 Is A Rich Nerd’s Dream

MM3-Chrome-Face_Lres As we approach Peak Star Wars at last week’s Comic-Con, I’d like to present something so inexplicable yet potentially beguiling that it seems on the verge of exploding into a supernova of rich nerd lust. It is the MusicMachine 3, a music box shaped like an Imperial TIE Fighter. In fact the MusicMachine 3 contains two mechanical music playback systems, hidden in the rear of the fighter. Read More

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John Biggs

July 13th

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Maker Creates A 3D-Printed “Poison Dart Gun”

poison-dart-gun2 Maker Peter Alaric DeSimone has created a 3D-printed dart pistol that shoots 40mm blowgun darts using a piston system. The entire gun takes about eight hours to build and features rubber bands to bring the piston down and reset the trigger. DeSimone made a point to note that the gun is completely legal and is a direct reaction to proposed regulation that could make all gun blueprints –… Read More

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John Biggs

July 13th

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Watch Adam Savage And Chris Hadfield Walk Comic-Con Floor In Some Amazing Space Suits

Screen Shot 2015-07-13 at 10.31.32 AM Adam Savage is one of our most beloved makers and real astronaut Chris Hadfield is a modern Earth hero. Together they make one of the funnest sets of fake astronauts in all of San Diego. Every year Savage dresses up as Adam Incognito and walks the show floor at Comic-Con. Hiding inside complex costumes, Savage is nearly unrecognizable until he takes off his mask or helmet. This year, to muddy… Read More

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John Biggs

July 13th

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Microsoft Shows The Augmented Future Of HoloLens

Screen Shot 2015-07-10 at 10.02.02 AM Microsoft has posted a bit of CG describing what it will feel like to use the HoloLens, their augmented reality helmet, in real life. The resulting video, shot at Case Western Reserve University, shows doctors examining bodies as they float in midair, creating a new way to teach anatomy. The resulting interaction – pinching to hide images, swiping through musculature – is… Read More

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John Biggs

July 10th

Gadgets

This 3D-Printed Hydroponic System Snaps Together Like Pot-Laced LEGO

ponics-releases-worlds-first-printable-and-customizable-2 As we move towards a 420 future, hydroponic systems for a bit of homegrown foliage will be in great demand. The folks at 3Dponics are ready. They’ve announced a sort of modular hydroponic garden that snaps together like stoner LEGO and feature little pots, shields, and filters for your wee buds. The 3Dponics folks are planning to release more information later this week but… Read More

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John Biggs

July 7th

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